Computer Information Systems (CIS), Minor

The CIS minor is for undergraduate students of all majors. Understanding and effectively using and managing information technology and systems is essential for personal and professional success in any endeavor. Organizations seek candidates who can use, manage and adapt information systems to create opportunities and competitive advantages. Effectively managing databases creates business intelligence from which strategic decisions are made. Understanding cybersecurity is mandatory to managing risk because data and networks are linked. From marketing a product or yourself, to securely account for purchases or just sharing interests, information technology and systems affect every aspect of modern life.

Learning Outcomes

In completing a minor in computer information systems, a graduating student will have demonstrated the following competencies:

  1. An integrated understanding of contemporary computer organization and operating systems architecture, networks, internet and web technologies, and database systems;
  2. The ability to specify, design, implement, analyze, test, document and evaluate a reliable and secure database and network system, while effectively using information technology processes and procedures for the benefit of digital organizations;
  3. An understanding of the regulatory and ethical issues pertinent to computer information systems; and
  4. An understanding of cybersecurity vulnerabilities, the integration of cybersecurity strategies into system development, and the ability to implement best practices to maintain secure systems and networks.

Prerequisites:

  • CIS 103 Computers and Application Software
  • One semester of college algebra (MA 103 or MA 107) or higher level mathematics.

Minor Requirements:

Twelve (12) upper division credits in CIS courses:

  • CIS 320 Relational Database Concepts and Practice
  • CIS 330 Computer Architecture
  • CIS 370 Internet and Network Management
  • CIS 471 Cyberspace and Cybersecurity Essentials
  • CIS 480 Special Topics